11 Sep 2009

Rio could be back this weekend

5:54 am on 11 September 2009

The Manchester United football defender Rio Ferdinand could return from injury in time for Sunday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

The England centre-back has been sidelined with a thigh injury since the Community Shield defeat to Chelsea in August but has stepped up his recovery in training all week.

United manager Alex Ferguson also confirmed defenders Gary Neville, Fabio and Wes Brown are all available for Spurs but Ireland international John O'Shea is a doubt with a calf injury.